What is the Governing Body at Test Valley School

The Governing Body at Test Valley School

At Test Valley School the governing body provides support and challenge to the Head Teacher of the school. A key aim of the Governing Body at Test Valley is to create robust accountability, oversight and assurance for our pupil’s educational performance and financial performance of the school.  

The governing board at Test Valley School has three core strategic functions:

  1. Ensuring clarity of vision, ethos and strategic direction.
  2. Holding executive leaders to account for the educational performance of Test Valley School and its pupils, and the performance management of staff.
  3. Overseeing the financial performance of Test Valley School and making sure its money is well spent.

The governing board at Test Valley comprises of sixteen governors, of which eight are Co-opted governors who are appointed by the governing body, five Parent governors, one Local Authority governor who is appointed by the local authority, one Staff governor and the Headteacher. We also have Associate member positions who have specific expertise and experience to contribute to the governing body. The Governing body at Test Valley School has a breadth of experience and knowledge.

The whole governing body meets 6 times a year. In addition, there are further committees; Finance and General Purposes, Curriculum and Pupil Assessment who also meet 6 times a year, Pay Review committee and Headteacher Pay Review meet as required.

Curriculum and Pupil Assessment

The function of this committee is to:

  • Support and challenge the school in raising pupil attainment across all abilities and key groups
  • Support and challenge the school with curriculum development and implementation.
  • Review school improvement plans
  • Monitor the impact of curriculum planning and policies on pupil progress, with reference to individual groups in order to consistently improve outcomes for all pupils
  • Regularly discuss assessment data and review development targets
  • Review policies
  • Hear from subject leaders
  • Monitor the quality of teaching and learning

Finance and General Purpose

The function of this committee is to:

  • To monitor the budget and to advise the governing body where changes are necessary.
  • To check that the costs on which the budget is based are realistic.
  • To monitor that “best value” principles are being applied appropriately
  • To ensure that adequate funds are available to keep the infrastructure safe and in good repair
  • To monitor and advise the governing body on infrastructure maintenance and development needs and policies
  • To check that emergency provision is effective
  • To review Governing Body membership and overview of the Skills Matrix
  • To monitor and advise on stakeholder communication to ensure positive marketing and outreach

If you are interested in becoming a Parent Governor you are very welcome to contact the Chair of governors via the school office

Instrument of Governance for Test Valley School can be found here.

Copies of the minutes of Governing body meetings can be requested by contacting the school office.

Curriculum and Pupil Achievement Committee Terms of Reference can be found here.

Finance and General Planning Committee Terms of Reference can be found
here.

Full Governing Board Terms of Reference can be found here.